Overview

Applicants
4,637
Acceptance Rate
37%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
399

Test Scores

LSAT
159 - 165

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 30

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$70

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

New York City’s Fordham University School of Law carries a “strong reputation and hardworking, practical students,” who benefit from “[the school’s] connection and location within the strong NYC job market.” With “lots of experiential opportunities” and a “loyal and large alumni network,” students leave with practical job skills and connections within top firms. Students hold many of their “higher caliber “ professors in high regard, saying that they are “active in our lives” and meet with students on “their own time to help . . . with everything from in-class questions, to drafting cover letters for internships and clerkships, and doing mock interviews.” Students are especially keen on the Fordham adjuncts, who are “partners” and “practitioners at premier law firms.” Fordham also keeps students in contact with the NYC legal community through campus events like the “three days of meet and greets with the 1L class” and top firms, and networking opportunities with alumni who serve as “lawyers at big firms,” in “government agencies” and on the federal bench, and who “are always excited to meet Fordham students.”
Recent decisions by the administrations regarding the curve have largely soured students on their school’s leadership. While students say they are “not opposed to a curve in theory,” they tell us that a 2014 “mandatory upper level class curve for all courses with more than 4 JD students, including seminars and clinic work,” was “instituted with essentially no warning or consultation with students.” They say that this “immediate,” “dead of night” change damaged student morale and “penalized” “current students who chose classes in an unlucky order.” However, while some feel that “the result was an increasingly unworkable system which has caused at least as many problems as it has purported to solve,” others say that “the debacle over the upper level curve implementation helped convince the administration it was finally time to join a number of our peer institutions and place student representatives on faculty governance committees,” and they remain hopeful about the new dean who arrived in Summer 2015. Despite this hiccup, the “administration has been quick to respond” to other issues and “proactive in getting students . . . the help they need.”
Students say that they have “always found [the research librarians] extremely helpful,” and the new, beautiful facility provides plenty of resources and technological tools. Students universally praise the Public Interest Resource Center as “probably the best center at Fordham.” While the new building has had some issues with long lines at the elevator banks, students generally think it “is gorgeous and looks and feels like a hotel.”

Career overview


Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 1
Application Deadlines
Dec 1

Financial Aid Statistics

% Students Receiving Some Aid
76%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,444
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$19,618
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$19,618
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,840
Fees
$702

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,163
Parent Institution Enrollement
16,000

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
16
Average Age at Entry
25

% Out-of-State
53%
% International
5%

Demographics

27.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

85% are full time
15% are part time
50% female
50% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Fordham fosters a “competitive but cooperative” environment by attracting students who “conduct themselves professionally, but don’t take themselves too seriously.” One student jokes, “Compared to our neighbor schools on the Upper West Side and near Washington Square, Fordham is practically a social paradise.” Students enjoy informal “bar nights” and outings hosted by the school, like museum visits and alumni mentoring events. The Student Bar Association also hosts frequent events, which “ensures that there are many social and community-building events among the student body.” Students say that the first year helps to knit the community together and that “the social life is good . . . especially if you join one of the journals or competition societies.” Students say that “the journals are widely respected and near uniformly acknowledge as something which one wants to be a part of,” and not as merely a line on their résumé. Students also come to Fordham with a “wide range of work experience” and educational backgrounds. One student described an evening section that included former professional athletes, “various PhDs, MDs, and a wide range of master’s degrees.” This helps to create “a strong networking opportunity within the class itself” while adding interest and color to peer interactions. Fordham has thriving “affinity groups,” like Latin American Law Student’s Association and OutLaws—an LGBT organization, though many students say that the school suffers from a lack of diversity. One student explains that, while “students from different [racial] and ethnic backgrounds and different sexual orientations” are represented at the school, “many of us have had similar experiences and offer little substantive diversity. The affinity groups are much more focused on gaining access to privileged spaces (clerkships and firms) rather than challenging the status quo.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kathryn Espiritu
Director of Admissions

Address
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Phone
212-636-6810

Email
lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu